Frequently Asked Questions

The Stevenson Core Course:

How does a student enroll?

Students self-enroll in the core course end of July for Fall quarter and November for Winter quarter.  Core course information was included in the advising and enrollment emailed in July and is also available in the New Student Enrollment InformationCollege 1 plenaries are held on select Mondays 7:10 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. in both Fall and Winter quarters. Sections meet either MWF or TTH at various time slots. 

Questions about your Student’s Academic Record:

It’s the end of the quarter and I still haven’t received any notification of my son/daughter’s grades. When are we notified?

Students are notified of their grades through their online student portal. Grades are usually available one week after the end of finals. Due to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we are unable to release student grades to third parties. We rely on students to notify others of their grades.

My son/daughter has a 3.0 and qualifies for my insurance company’s good student discount. How do I get verification of their grades?

Your son/daughter may request a Certification of Enrollment from the Office of the Registrar in person or in writing. More information can be found at:

How can I talk to an adviser about my son/daughter’s academics?

Academic advisers at Stevenson College strongly recommend that you communicate regularly with your student about their academic record. Due to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we are restricted from sharing information with third parties. Students can, however, request that their information be released to third parties by signing a release of information waiver. This waiver only applies to one instance.

Questions about Mail:

Can students receive packages?

Yes, they will receive an email notification informing them that they have a package.

Should I send cash in the mail?

Please do not send cash in the mail—it may not be secure.

How should I address mail to my student?

Stevenson College #______
551 Stevenson Service Road 
Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1107

Please include the correct mailbox number to avoid delays in delivery (mailbox assignments will be given to students with their room assignments). Please do not use the words “P.O.” or “Box”—this can confuse the U.S. Post Office, causing mail to be misplaced or delayed. When addressing mail to your student, please use the name under which they are registered at UCSC, rather than a nickname.

How can students send mail or packages?

For Letters, there is a U.S. mailbox for outgoing mail located near the parking lot between Stevenson and Cowell Colleges. To send a package:

The nearest UPS location is next to Safeway on Mission Street at:

849 Almar Ave, Suite C
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5848
Telephone: (831) 426-5762

The nearest FedEx location is next to the downtown Trader Joe’s at:
712 Front St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Telephone: (831) 425-1177 

What do all those abbreviations and acronyms mean?

For a list of UCSC abbreviations, acronyms, and other useful information, click here.